Wednesday 13 November 2019

Mother describes son (4) as 'traumatised' after witnessing slash hook attack

Western Road in Cork, near where the incident occurred
Western Road in Cork, near where the incident occurred
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A young woman described her four-year-old son as ‘traumatised’ after he witnessed a man being beaten up in a slash hook attack.

The mother was walking her son in his buggy when they witnessed a 46-year-old man being attacked by a group of four men.

The woman, who went by the name of Amanda on radio today, got emotional as she recalled the incident. 

The attack, which occurred at approximately 3.40pm on a Cork city centre road yesterday, happened after a car pulled up alongside the pedestrian and a group of men jumped out.

They proceeded to beat the victim with hurleys and a slash hook.

Speaking to Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line, Amanda described the attack as ‘brutal’.

“I was walking down the Western Road, just going for a walk with my son,” she told the station.

“There was this man walking, minding his own business in front of us, when this car pulled up and a number of men got out of the car and started beating the man with hurleys and a slash hook.

“I obviously had to just walk away, my four-year-old son was with me, he was just traumatised. He was screaming inside the buggy, no child should have to see that.”

Amanda got emotional as she described her upset at the scene.

“That was a brutal attack on that man, and for any four-year-old child to have to see that, it’s just devastating. Even myself, I was just devastated.

“I was in floods of tears after seeing that man on the floor yesterday. I had to walk away, I’m upset now, it’s horrible to do to anyone.

“If my son wasn’t there I would have tried to help him, but I had to walk away.

“I hope that man is okay. I mean they were really hurting that man yesterday.

“They were shouting abuse at him, stabbing him with slash hooks, beating him with hurleys.”

The 46-year-old victim is recovering in hospital today, his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Gardai at Anglesea Street, Cork are investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact gardai at Anglesea Garda Station at 021 4522000

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